Athletics Federation of Nigeria officials are hopeful of topping the medals table at the African Championships, which will begin on Wednesday in Port Novo, Benin Republic.
At the last championships in Nairobi Kenya, Nigeria was second on the medals table behind Kenya. It was two gold medals that separated the two countries.
“We have a very strong team this time around. I know that Kenya and Ethiopia will compete for the long distance medals and that will give us the edge,” AFN president Solomon Ogba.
A list of 44 athletes was released at the weekend with top Nige rian athletes featuring prominently.
Newly appointed Technical Director of the Athletics Federation of Nigeria (AFN), Navy Capt. Omatseye Nesiama said that the athletes selected for the trip to the African Championships were selected based on their current form and performance at the Nigerian Olympic trials in Calabar last week
Men 100m, 200m, 4x100m;
Obinna Metu, Ogho Oghene Egwero, Stanley Azie, Ike Patrick Chinedu, Seye Ogunlewe, Peter Emelieze and Durotoye Adetoyi.
400m, 4x400m; Abiola Onakoya, Segun Ogunkole, Isah Salihu, Saul Weigopwa, Tobi Ogunmola, Noah Akwu and Godday James.
Samuel Okon and Nurudeen Selim.
Women; 100m, 200m and 4x100m;
Blessing Okagbare, Gloria Asumnu, Lawretta Ozoh, Christy Udoh, Oludamola Osayomi and Isoken Wisdom.
Regina George, Omolara Omotosho, Bukola Abogunloko, Endurance Abinuwa, Idara Out and Margaret Etim.
Seun Adigun and Uhunoma Naomi Osazuwa.
Long jump; Blessing Okagbare and Chinasom Amadi.
Heptathlon; Uhunoma Naomi Osazuwa and Kemi Francis.
Blessing Ibrahim Ibukun.
Patience Okoro and Benedicta Ituah.
Throw; Chinwe Okoro.